José Mourinho rejects huge contract offer from Guangzhou Evergrande


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• Mourinho turns down manager’s job in China for family reasons
• Former Manchester United manager waiting for right clubJosé Mourinho has turned down the chance to manage Guangzhou Evergrande for family reasons despite a lucrative offer from the Chinese Super League club.

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Rating EVERY signing made post-Fergie


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Screenshot 2019-04-22 at 02.21.07Marouane Fellaini – 4/10
While he came to symbolise everything that was wrong with appointing David Moyes, and then everything that was wrong with the club in the years that followed, thanks to his lack of ability, he did show up on a few occasions when it mattered. He scored crucial goals in the semi-finals of all three cup competitions we’ve won since Fergie retired and played well on occasion. But he was never good enough, yet still the club managed to put him in a position to hold us to ransom when it came to renegotiating a new contract, before being sold a few months later.

Guillermo Varela – 1/10
Varela didn’t do an awful lot. He didn’t play a game in the first two seasons after signing, being loaned out, and then Louis van Gaal gave him a go in 2015-16. He played in 11 games in all

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United and Liverpool – two months later


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Screenshot 2019-02-22 at 18.20.39On December 16th 2018, Manchester United lost 3-1 to rivals Liverpool at Anfield. Sadio Mane took the lead early on but Jesse Lingard struck back within minutes. The home side were the better team, boasting an incredible 36 shots to United’s six, but in the end relied on two deflected shots from substitute Xherdan Shaqiri to win them the game, and return his team to the top of the table.

This was the biggest scoreline Liverpool had ever beaten United by at home in the Premier League and the difference between the two sides, 19 points on that day, was painful for our fans.

Two days later, Mourinho was called in to a meeting with Ed Woodward, believing he had been invited to discuss potential transfer targets for the January transfer window, but left with his P45 and what would become a £15m pay out. Had United not extended his

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Manchester United reveal £19.6m payoff for José Mourinho and his staff


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• Manager compensated following his sacking in December
• Portuguese’s next move will be to host show on Russian TVManchester United made a payoff of almost £20m to José Mourinho and his staff, the club’s half-yearly accounts have revealed.

Mourinho was sacked in December after 17 league games in his third season, with a contract due to expire at the end of the 2019-20 campaign. Figures released on Thursday list a sum of £19.6m as “an exceptional item relating to compensation to the former manager and certain members of the coaching staff for loss of office”.

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José Mourinho to start new job … as host on Russian TV show


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  • Mourinho to host fortnightly Champions League show
  • Programme will air from 7 March until 1 June

José Mourinho is to host a football show on RT providing coverage of the Champions League.

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Solskjaer has now won more league games than Mourinho did


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Screenshot 2019-02-09 at 15.41.48Manchester United beat Fulham 3-0 this afternoon thanks to goals from Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial. These are two players who were marginalised by former manager Jose Mourinho but have gone from strength to strength under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Only five goals have scored more goals than Pogba in the league this season and only four have more assists. He was named Man of the Match again in our win over Fulham as we now climb in to the top four.

What is interesting about this result though, aside from it being yet another win, is that Solskjaer has now won more games in the league this season than Mourinho did. The Portuguese manager was in charge for 17 games and won seven of them, losing five. Solskjaer has overseen nine league games and has won eight of them, drawing the other.

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José Mourinho dancing on ice – at last, he’s served up something watchable | Marina Hyde


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From his Russian tumble to a Spain prison sentence, the erstwhile United manager has had a dim week. At least it’s entertainingAfter so many years of refusing to give the public what they want, it’s great to see José Mourinho finally serving up something highly watchable. On Monday the erstwhile Manchester United manager staged a spectacular pratfall at an ice hockey game in Russia. By Tuesday he was being handed a prison sentence. (Suspended, agonisingly, but still.)

Barely a week after Gemma Collins made her ice‑fall in ITV’s Dancing on Ice, the Portuguese supplanted The Only Way is Essex star as the most hilariously viral rink‑based tumble of 2019.

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José Mourinho accepts prison sentence for tax fraud but will not serve time


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• Case in Spain relates to period as Real Madrid manager
• Mourinho exchanges one-year sentence for a fineJosé Mourinho has accepted a one-year prison sentence for tax fraud, a Spanish court filing showed on Tuesday, although the former Real Madrid and Manchester United manager will not serve any jail time after exchanging the sentence for a fine.

Spanish prosecutors said Mourinho, 56, failed to declare revenues from image rights in Spanish tax declarations from 2011 and 2012, when he was coach of Madrid, “with the aim of obtaining illicit profits”.

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Unai Emery backs Mourinho sacking and warns of Manchester United threat


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• ‘They lost a lot of points,’ says Arsenal manager
• Emery promises to field strong lineup in FA Cup tie

Unai Emery believes Manchester United’s decision to sack José Mourinho in December was completely justified given their low points tally and lack of competitive edge.

According to the Arsenal manager, anyone who falls below expected standards has to accept they are in the firing line. “This is normal,” Emery said. “I was not surprised because this team has big players and can think about winning the Premier League. They lost a lot of points.” At the sharp end of management there was not much room for sympathy.

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José Mourinho must bin blame game and learn from his failings at United | Daniel Taylor


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Manchester United’s former manager fails to show any hint of humility or to acknowledge he made mistakes at Old Trafford

The people who used to work with Sven-Göran Eriksson tell a story about the former England manager, going back to the European Championship in 2004, when he did something that was totally out of character. He almost lost his temper.

England had just been knocked out by Portugal. Inside the dressing room was a scene of desolation and the Football Association’s staff saw something in his face that day they had never seen before: fury. A bad refereeing decision had denied Sol Campbell a late winner and Eriksson wanted to know where the official was. He was puce with anger. He left the dressing room to rap on the referee’s door and, when it swung open, there were a few interminable moments when nobody could quite be sure how far Continue reading “José Mourinho must bin blame game and learn from his failings at United | Daniel Taylor”

José Mourinho bemoans lack of backing compared to Klopp and Guardiola


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• Former Manchester United manager points our rivals’ spending
• ‘Pep made great decisions, great decisions that were supported’The former Manchester United manager José Mourinho has claimed Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp were afforded more luxuries than him in the Premier League.

The Portuguese highlighted the support Guardiola and Klopp have received in the transfer market since taking over at Manchester City and Liverpool respectively. Mourinho appeared to struggle to secure his intended transfer targets in the summer at Old Trafford, but Guardiola and Klopp have not had that problem.

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‘I belong at the top’: José Mourinho plots return after United sacking – video


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A bullish José Mourinho insisted he will return to club management at the elite level despite his underwhelming spell at Manchester United. In his first major interview since leaving the club in December, he also claimed last season’s second-place finish was one of his ‘best achievements in football’. At 55, he said he was too young to retire from club management

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José Mourinho says Manchester United not ready for modern football


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• ‘People don’t know what is going on behind the scenes’
• Portuguese says his next job will be in ‘top-level football’

José Mourinho has used his first major interview since Manchester United sacked him to suggest that his former club does not have the structure in place to cope with the demands of modern football, with player power now heavily influencing the game.

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Solskjær’s approach shows players are not sets of data, but humans | Jonathan Wilson


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The Norwegian’s man-management at Manchester United has been top class – but the game against Tottenham will show whether he has the tactical nous to beat the best

Nobody realistically doubts that Manchester United’s game against Tottenham on Sunday represents a new level of challenge for Ole Gunnar Solskjær but equally it would take a particularly cussed soul – or Nemanja Matic – not to acknowledge the change of mood he has already enacted.

Perhaps his role is simply to be a palate-cleanser but Solskjær has United playing with a sense of enjoyment that arguably has not been there since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

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Arsenal pinpoint 23-year-old Manchester United midfielder as transfer target


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Arsenal have allegedly pinpointed Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira as a possible transfer target, although the Gunners are seemingly not alone in their quest to land the intricate Brazilian. West Ham United and Everton are also allegedly tailing the 23-year-old, who has been used sparingly this season under the Red Devils’ former manager, Jose Mourinho, […]

How Mourinho tricked us in to believing defensive football was the answer


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Screenshot 2019-01-03 at 01.59.10Had Jose Mourinho replaced Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013 there’s every likelihood we would reflect on his time at Manchester United differently.

The squad that Fergie easily won the league title with in his final season was a long way short of the world class teams he had created before. But they had the ego, confidence and leaders that would have probably done well for Mourinho. It wouldn’t have lasted for long, as nothing ever does when Mourinho is in charge, but they may well have gone on to win or at least challenge for the title under him.

Instead, United went for David Moyes. Louis van Gaal then replaced him and United’s football went from poor to possession obsessed, with us creating just one or two good opportunities a game.

Under Mourinho our football was better than it had been under his two predecessors and he added another two

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Tom Jenkins’s best sports photos of 2018


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The Guardian and Observer sport photographer Tom Jenkins selects his favourite images from the thousands of frames that he shot during 2018 and recalls the stories behind them

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Young: We want to keep winning for our brilliant fans


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Screenshot 2018-12-23 at 21.08.57Following Manchester United’s impressive 5-1 win over Cardiff on Saturday, Ashley Young has spoken of his happiness in the performance and how the fans deserved such a result.

For 90 minutes the away end in Wales sung non-stop, mainly with chants about new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and Young wants the players to keep giving the supporters something to cheer.

We are delighted. The way we went about our job from minute one to the 90th-minute was fantastic and the only disappointment was conceding the goal, but we take the positives from today’s game and build on from here.

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Respect? Following José Mourinho at Manchester United was a crazy ride


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Jamie Jackson, our Manchester reporter, saw all too clearly the good and bad sides of the sacked oneJosé Mourinho’s “respect, respect, respect” meltdown after Manchester United’s 3-0 loss to Tottenham was bizarre to witness for a reporter who has covered him since his first Chelsea tenure began 14 years ago. Mourinho can be curt and abrupt but had never been out of control. That was until the end of the post-game briefing at Old Trafford on August’s bank holiday Monday.

Mourinho claimed the home support had shown how happy they were with the result by applauding the side to the end. So this correspondent wondered, given that fans were being used as a barometer of contentedness, what the manager might gauge from the many who had left early. Mourinho got angry, quickly.

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Busy Christmas makes it easier for Pep Guardiola to keep players happy


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• Manchester City manager ready to use all his squad
• Guardiola: ‘At some point they will all be needed’

Manchester City are having to train on Christmas Day for their Boxing Day visit to Leicester but Pep Guardiola is trying to see the positives in the English festive fixture schedule.

“You get a lot of games at this time of year in England when in Germany and other countries the league stops for a week,” the City manager said. “One advantage I can see is that it is easier to keep the players happy, because at some point they will all be needed.

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